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The General Services Administration plans to close 24 data centers in fiscal 2014, according to Acting Chief Information Officer Sonny Hashmi.
The agency closed 37 data centers in fiscal 2013 as part of the government’s Federal Data Center Consolidation initiative. Hashmi said the data center closures are one of several data-related efforts GSA is undertaking. The agency also plans to make more data sets open to the public, he said.
The Office of Management and Budget has touted data center consolidation as a major cost-cutting initiative, estimated to save $3 billion by 2015. The initial goal was to close 800 of the government’s 2,094 data centers, but revised estimates place the total number of data centers above 6,000.